University of South Dakota Rankings Based on Salary

  • University of South Dakota ranks better than only 42% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • University of South Dakota ranks better than only 36% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at University of South Dakota

We calculated a salary score for each of University of South Dakota's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at University of South Dakota to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for USD Associate Degrees

USD ranks higher than 18% of colleges for associate degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 18% Not Reported $50,439 18%

Salary Scores for USD Bachelor's Degrees

USD ranks higher than 42% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 19% $21,500 $41,565 19%
Biology, General 24% $23,500 $25,194 24%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 29% $26,000 $37,896 29%
Communication and Media Studies 55% $22,161 $34,348 55%
Criminal Justice and Corrections 62% $25,000 $37,640 62%
Dental Support Services and Allied Professions 50% $26,994 $56,415 50%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 97% Not Reported $31,305 97%
Economics 19% Not Reported $39,009 19%
English Language and Literature, General 73% Not Reported $32,925 73%
Finance and Financial Management Services 25% $23,250 $43,957 25%
Fine and Studio Arts 67% $27,750 $28,598 67%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 62% $25,000 $44,021 62%
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 55% $25,000 $37,028 55%
History 27% $27,000 $26,739 27%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 63% Not Reported $35,274 63%
Marketing 23% $24,644 $37,424 23%
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 36% $25,000 $31,828 36%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 60% $26,000 $33,281 60%
Political Science and Government 38% $25,000 $33,138 38%
Psychology, General 50% $25,000 $29,926 50%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 22% $26,990 $57,318 22%
Special Education and Teaching 63% $27,000 $39,801 63%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 66% $26,000 $37,928 66%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 78% $25,000 $41,044 78%

Salary Scores for USD Master's Degrees

USD ranks higher than 58% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 39% $11,800 $59,485 39%
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 71% $98,000 $108,331 71%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 61% $20,992 $77,144 61%
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 31% $41,000 $42,309 31%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 12% $46,291 $48,139 12%
Educational Administration and Supervision 49% $19,700 $56,302 49%
Educational/Instructional Media Design 13% Not Reported $43,240 13%
Human Services, General 99% $34,365 $63,005 99%
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 42% Not Reported $41,342 42%
Music 69% Not Reported $38,289 69%
Public Administration 99% Not Reported $83,177 99%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 75% Not Reported $64,493 75%
Social Work 41% $26,658 $44,468 41%
Special Education and Teaching 14% Not Reported $41,725 14%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 30% $23,504 $43,054 30%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 4% Not Reported $34,420 4%

Salary Scores for USD Doctoral Degrees

USD ranks higher than 41% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Educational Administration and Supervision 90% Not Reported $106,421 90%
Law 28% $83,269 $51,169 28%
Medicine 59% $143,536 $58,673 59%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 17% $115,330 $65,131 17%

University of South Dakota Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Gordon Tsubira 12/19/2019

As a working professional with a young family. I have enjoyed the structure of the Post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate program and the support from distinguished faculty. The low cost of credits for this accredited program is a bonus. And the small cohort of highly motivated and experienced clinicians has been invaluable.

Jay S 9/25/2019

I was an online student in the Addiction Theory department. I withdrew after 1 month. I did so because it became evident quickly that USD didn't have the best interest of its students in mind. Let me explain. First, their graduate outline dictates that students aren't actually taught. They are supposed to teach themselves from the text books with occasional feedback from professors. Which works if the professors are responsive and give proper feedback. It fails miserably when they do not. One professor used... Read More